14.6M Passengers Sets Annual Record for 4th Straight Year
HART has had a banner year in FY2013 – and has met or exceeded all ridership expectations! MetroRapid North-South has caught the public’s attention and many people in the County are realizing that riding the bus is a great way to get around town.
That’s apparent in the most recent ridership reports, which show total ridership at HART exceeded 14.6 million passengers during the fiscal year that ended September 30, a year-over-year increase of approximately three percent. This total represents the fourth straight year of setting another record for the authority. We’ve hit record ridership 9 of the past 10 years.
FY2013 bus ridership was up by nearly 422,000 trips or three percent, compared to last year (FY2012: 14,218,868; FY2013: 14,640,375).
Combined mode ridership exceeded 15 million for the first time and was up 2.8 percent compared to FY2012.
FY2013 bus ridership marks an all-time high for HART and breaks the annual record for the fourth year in a row!
FY2013 bus ridership breakdown:
Weekday average ridership up 7.3 percent
Saturday average ridership up 4.2 percent
Sunday average ridership up 7.7 percent
“These ridership numbers bring into focus how important public transit is to residents,” said HART Board Chair Fran Davin. “We will continue to make the public transportation options the best they can possibly be and to provide our riders with an experience that will make them continue to think of HART as their primary mode of transportation.”
HART Highlights in FY2013:
On June 10, HART launched the highly anticipated MetroRapid North-South bus service. MetroRapid N-S is the first public transit system of its kind in the State of Florida.
60 shelters on MetroRapid N-S along with 14 bus bays, one intermodal platform and ADA upgrades at 59 locations including sidewalks, 6 pedestrian crossings in Telecom Park with rapid flashing pedestrian warnings and one regional park and ride (Hidden River).
40 shelters, 200 ADA landing pads, 10,200 linear feet of sidewalk constructed in the City of Tampa, and four bus bays were built and/or installed by HART
HART launched the innovative OneBusAway Tampa app, which provides a suite of tools to deliver real-time bus tracking information to HART riders on the go.
HART was selected to participate in the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) 2013 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Training and Technical Assistance program
New, smaller HARTPlus vans were added to the fleet, providing cost-savings and flexibility to operations.
A new, technologically advanced, seamless fare collection system was planned thanks to a regional collaborative partnership first initiated by HART.